Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Things to do in the Lou!

Free things:

1.     Creve Coeur Lake- Lovely trails to stroll and 4 playgrounds as well (2 splashpads)
2.     Powder Valley Nature Reserve- Great visitor center all about nature and 3 trails of varying difficulty to walk. Good indoor place to play.
3.     LaumeierSculpture Park- Great place to stroll around on a lovely day. You can do the scavenger hunt as well from the visitor’s center.
4.     Zoo- Free but parking in the lot is $15. We always park up by the art museum in the free lot. Their discovery room is amazing.
5.     Art museum has free family art on Sundays from 1-4.
6.     History museum- History clubhouse is amazing. Great indoor place to play
7.     Pick fruit- Eckerts has great kid’s areas but picking fruit will cost you. There are other free orchards like Thies, Stuckmeyers, Hermans, and Braeutigams.
8.     Science Center- Discovery room is awesome and it’s $4 for an hour of play.
9.     Frisco Train Store- Awesome store where the kids can play with train tables for free but please donate or buy something so we keep this great place in business!
10.  Lone Elk Park/World Bird Sanctuary- WBS is a great place to let the kids run free
11.  Citygarden downtown- Beautiful park filled with sculpture, pop jets, and wading pools for the hot summer months.
12.  Purina Farms- Great place to take the kids!
13.  Contemporary Art Museum- Free stroller tour the first Tues of every month with a craft
14.  Mastodon Park- Great place to walk around and learn about….mastodons.
15.  Elephant Rocks/ Johnson Shutins
16.  Mall play area- South county, West county, Chesterfield, Mid Rivers, Galleria, and the Mills are the only ones (Chesterfield also has the carousel and toy tyme)
17.  All libraries have story time and fun events, check their websites for dates and times.
18.  Fly a kite and/or picnic on Art Hill
19.  Kid friendly restaurant- Hartford Coffee Co or Rise Coffee House has kids areas and toys for the kids.
20.   McDonalds- Quite a few locations have indoor play equipment including Rock Hill (also Chic-Fil-A)
21.  Kangaroo Kids- Has indoor play area for the kids and lots of great used clothing and baby gear, plus parenting events and playgroups.
22.  Go play in a creek! Splash pads beat the heat too.
23.  St. Louis Live Steamers has free train rides in Kircher Park once a month.
24.  Ride bikes on Grant's trail or go hiking at one of the many trails around town.
26.  Parenting Resources Center- check out their playgroups and classes.
27.  Jewish Community Center free open play
28.  Tour the Old Courthouse downtown. Tours are 45 mins long.
29.  Visit the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton. They give free tours of the loc and dam. Nearby is the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (not free but very cool). Make a day trip of the area! Lots to do in Alton.
30.  Start Geocaching! It's free, addicting, and a very fun thing to do with littles!
31.  Go to a pet store and look at the animals
32.  Suson Park to see the animals
33.  Many retail stores offer book readings and activities- Lego Store, Barnes & Noble, Novel Neighbor, Pottery Barn Kids, Whole Foods etc.
34.  Tour the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolatefactory, Bissingers, or Billy Goat Chip Co.
35.  Home Depot has free kids workshops where they build things
36.  The Foundry in St. Charles has family fun day some Sundays- tons of free crafts for kids
37.  Skateboard at a skate park
38.  Amber Sky has free story times and activities.
39.  Visit a nature classroom
40.  Free playgroup at St. Louis Arc Family Center- 1st Frt and 3rd Sat of the month from 10-11:30
41.  Free story time called Tuesday Tails at the APA
42.  Willoughby Farm in Collinsville
43.  The Prologue Room at Boeing- Free self-guided tours to the public during the summer months of June, July, and August from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. FREE Its in building 100 at the corner of McDonneel Blvd and Airport Rd, adjacent to Lambert airport.
44.  Turtle Playground next to Forest Park
45.  Temple Tots at United Hebrew- Free playground open to all
47.  Tour Sammysoap
49. Art Unleashed offers free family crafting days

  Things that cost:

1.     Meramec Caverns- $21.75 adults, $11.50 kids over 5. They have a zip line, cave tours, canoes, riverboat tours, restaurant and more.
2.     Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific railway- $4 a person…cute little train that takes you on a scenic 30 min ride through Wildwood.
3.     Grant’s Farm- Technically free but parking is $12 a car- $5 off coupon floating around online
4.     Butterfly House- $8 adults, kids under 12 are $5, kids under 2 are free. Admission is FREE the first Tues of every month from 9-11.
5.     Botanical Garden- Their kid’s area is amazing, and it’s free to get in every Sat before noon. Otherwise $6 for adults, kids free under 12.  The admission for the kid’s area is an additional $5 for nonmembers for kids 3-12. Also, the discovery room in the Climatron is amazing (Brookings Interpretive Center)
6.     Transportation Museum- Their Creation Station is an hour of fun in a room filled with transportation themed toys, cost is $2 a person plus reg museum admission which is $8 adults, kids 3-12 $5.
7.     City Museum- tons of things to do there, including enchanted caves and slides, rooftop ferris wheel, toddler town, skate park, tiny train railroad, and more. ages 3 and up $14 a person, under 3 free
8.     BobKramer’s Marionettes- They do a puppet show and show the kids how the puppets are made. Adults are $12, kids are $10.
9.     Magic House- Lots to see and do here $11 a person age 1 and up
10.  Cahokia Mounds- Technically free but they ask for a $4 donation
11.  The Arch- The Jefferson National Expansion Museum under the arch is free to wander around in, to go to the top is $13 adults, $10 kids
12.  Tour the Compton Hill Water Tower- Views of the city are amazing, one of very few water towers left in the country. It’s old though and there are lots of steps.
13.  Paddleboats in Forest Park and have lunch at the boathouse- $15 an hour (there are also paddleboats for $7 at Grant's Farm)
14.  Raging Rivers water park in Grafton- 4 feet tall and over $22 for the day, under 4 feet $19, under 2 free. Go after 3 pm and get a discount. 8 diff water areas to enjoy including one for little guys. There are other water parks like Hurricane Harbor, Aquaport, or Splash City.
15.  Bowling- Lots of places are free during the summer, just rent the shoes.
16.  COCA or Craft Alliance- They offer kids classes
17.  Kirkwood Discovery Room- In the Kirkwood Early Childcare center, they have open play for $5 for the first child, $3 each additional child, and it is so worth it. Play is from 9:30- 11:30 and they have every toy under the sun plus sensory bins and craft time. For kids birth to age 5. Run by parents as teachers, they only take checks, no cash or credit cards.
18.  Open gym- So many places in town have open gym including Hi NRG, Little Gym, Miss Kelly's, Olympiad, Barron, Team Central, YMCA, and some rec centers.
19.  Myseum- Part magic house, part science center in Town & Country. It’s big with lots to do including a huge slide where you can clock your speed, dig for dinosaur bones and more. $5.95 adults, kids $10.95. No time limit is a bonus.
20.  Ride the Carousel in Faust Park- $2, kids under 1 are free. Faust park has a historic village that is great for photo ops, and a great playground. Sometimes they have ride and play for $8 which gets you unlimited rides and the toy room for 2 hrs. Check their schedule.
21.  Incredible Pizza Co/Chuck E Cheese- Lots of games and food here. Like Dave and Busters but on a smaller scale. For older children, there is laser tag, go karts, bumper cars and glow mini-golf, mini-bowling, and various other arcade type games.
22.  Movies- Some movie theatres offer free or cheap kids movies and don’t frown on the kids being loud.
23.  Six Flags- Not cheap but they have a toddler area and includes admission to Hurricane Harbor.
24.  Dream Play Recreation- a swingset store that has 12 huge swingsets for the kids to play on and trampolines and basketball. (Rainbow Swingset superstore was the same thing but is out of business)
25.  Shrewsbury City Center has open play on certain days (changes every semester) for $2 from 10 to noon.
26.  Bounce places- Monkey Joes, BounceU, and Pump it up.
27.  Go to tot time or swimming at a pool, it's usually cheap for kids under 5 to play in the baby area. Indoor pools in the winter is great too!
28.  Airplane museum in Creve Coeur at Creve Coeur Airport
29.  The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon- has a great playhouse for $3.
30.  Playtime Party Center in Wentzville $2 a person
31.  Chesterfield Sports Fusion- Indoor playground for young children, indoor mini-golf, laser tag, dodgeball, a climbing wall and an arcade.
32.  Family Fun day at Ballpark Village
33.  Big Joel's Safari in Wright City, it's worth the drive! My kids love feeding all the animals. You can get a lot closer to them than you can at the zoo. There's also Critter Lane down south in Valles Mines MO
34.  Toy Tyme
36.  Swing-A-Round Fun Town- bumper boats, indoor playground, mini golf, arcade, and more!
37.  Tour Busch Stadium. Adults $18, kids $13, 3 and under are free. Not including parking.
38.  Take a riverboat cruise. The Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer give one hour sight seeing cruises daily. Adults $18, kids $8, under 3 free.
39.  The Endangered Wolf Center offers tours and messy play dates. Check with them for schedules/fees.
40.  Take a cooking class with the kids- Dierbergs, Eckerts, Kitchen Conservatory, ABC chefs, l'ecole clinaire, Sweetology and more
41.  Go to a model train show http://mvns.railfan.net/othersho.htm
42.  We Rock The Spectrum inclusive indoor gym
43.  Upper Limits Rock Climbing
44.  Go Ape! Zip line and treetop adventure
46.  Roller Skating/ice skating
47.  World Aquarium on the Landing
48.  Kokomo Joe's in St. Peters
49.  The Pointe Activity Center has a sportwall system, dance dance revolution, wii, and a climbing wall. $7 per kid
50.  Sky Zone indoor trampoline park
52.  Webster Rec Plex open play
54.  Rockin' Jump O'Fallon- indoor trampoline park
55.  Edison's Entertainment Complex- family fun center
56.  HealthWorks Kids' Museum- around the corner from the Science Center
57.  Pole Position indoor go cart raceway
58.  Paint Ball
59.  Go get a sweet treat! Whether it's custard, ice cream, cupcakes, sno cones or donuts, there's plenty of places in town to sample.
60.  Escape the room
61.  Kindermusik or any music class
62.  Play Mini Golf
63.  The Neutral Zone arcade in Chesterfield Mall
64.  Check out a family fun center
65.  Riverside Wildlife Center- Stanton Mo
66.  Shaw Nature Reserve- Cost is $5 and their outdoor classroom is amazing.
67.  Chess Hall of Fame- has toddler time every Tues.
70.  St. Louis National Blues Museum
71.  Circus Flora every June
72.  Adrenaline Zone
74.  Sweet & Sassy in West County Mall has fun events
75.  Paint Pottery
76. Michael's offers inexpensive craft classes every Saturday

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